Monday, July 9, 2012

Thomas Ligotti Born Today, 1953

And there is nothing in the sky, nothing I can see through the window. There is the moon, of course, high and round. But no shadow falls across the moon, no churning chaos of smoke that chokes the frail order of the earth, no shifting cloud of nightmares enveloping moons and suns and stars. It is not a squirming, creeping, smearing shape I see upon the moon, not the shape of a great deformed crab scuttling out of the black oceans of infinity and invading the island of the moon, crawling with its innumerable bodies upon all the spinning islands of inky space. That shape is not the cancerous totality of all creatures, not the oozing ichor that flows within all things...

from "Nethescurial," collected in Grimscribe: His Lives and Works (1991). Read my short review of Songs of a Dead Dreamer here.

4 comments:

Nathaniel Katz said...

Ligotti is, in my opinion, one of the greatest authors there is, comparable only to Lovecraft in the realm of Horror. I'm still amazed I got to communicate with him and interview him.

Will Errickson said...

I loved your interview with him. Great stuff!

Jose said...

Too cheery for my tastes, personally.

In seriousness, Ligotti is truly a singular voice in the field and one that I'm drawn back to time and time again. Happiest of birthdays to him!

James Everington said...

Hard to picture Ligotti with a birthday hat on blowing out candles...